When learning progressions and success criteria are clear, students achieve. It’s that simple—because it indicates that teachers are intentional and learners know both the why and the how behind every endeavor . With The Teacher Clarity Playbook, you now have the tools and templates to make it happen. Designed for PLCs or independent teacher use, i t guides practitioners to align lessons, objectives, and outcomes of learning seamlessly, so that the classroom hours flow productively for everyone. Written by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, Olivia Amador, and Joseph Assof, educators dedicated to making high-impact, research-based practices a part of every teacher’s repertoire.
About the Author
Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He has served as a teacher, language development specialist, and administrator in public schools and non-profit organizations, including 8 years as the Director of Professional Development for the City Heights Collaborative, a time of increased student achievement in some of San Diego’s urban schools. Doug has engaged in Professional Learning Communities for several decades, building teams that design and implement systems to impact teaching and learning. He has published numerous books on teaching and learning, such as Assessment-capable Visible Learners and Engagement by Design.
Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is a Professor in Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. She has been a special education teacher, reading specialist, and administrator in public schools. Nancy has engaged in Professional Learning Communities as a member and in designing schoolwide systems to improve teaching and learning for all students. She has published numerous books, including The Teacher Clarity Playbook and Rigorous Reading.
Olivia Amador is a Professional Learning Consultant with Corwin. As an award-winning elementary school principal, former bilingual teacher, and reading and language arts specialist, her area of focus and expertise is in creating a culture of learning connected to high-impact practices, English language development, teacher collaboration, and leadership development.
Joseph Assof is an 11th and 12th grade mathematics teacher and the math department chair at Health Sciences High and Middle College in San Diego, CA. He leads his department’s reform efforts to align to the Common Core Standards – with a focus on high quality instruction. He is a member of the San Diego County Math Leaders Task Force, whose mission is to support every student in meeting the rigorous expectations of the Common Core. Joseph’s classroom is featured in a number of Visible Learning for Mathematics, Grades K-12 videos.
Table of Contents
IntroductionModule 1: Identifying Concepts and SkillsModule 2: Sequencing Learning ProgressionsModule 3: Elaborating Learning IntentionsModule 4: Crafting Success CriteriaModule 5: Modifying Learning Intentions to Include Language ExpectationsModule 6: Determining the Relevance of the LearningModule 7: Designing Assessment OpportunitiesModule 8: Creating Meaningful Learning ExperiencesModule 9: Establishing Mastery of StandardsMoving Forward